HHE Report, No. HETA-82-54-1194, Lauson Engine Division, Tecumseh Products, New Holstein, Wisconsin.
Almaguer-D; Kramkowski-R; Orris-P
NIOSH 1982 Sep:7 pages
The sporadic occurrence of an annoying odor which was associated with headaches, fatigue, and dizziness among employees in the starter assembly area of the Lauson Engine Division (SIC-3519), New Holstein, Wisconsin was investigated. An employee representative requested the study which was performed on February 4 and April 20, 1982. Four employees worked in the starter assembly area while the facility as a whole employed 1450 persons. Employee health complaints were suggestive of low dose hydrocarbon exposures. Environmental sampling failed to detect any such exposure. Facility inspection revealed that paint exhaust stacks were settling toward the make up air intakes. The authors conclude that no health hazard existed in the starter assembly area. Employee complaints of intermittent odors and of nonspecific central nervous system symptoms were probably due to reentry of small quantities of solvent exhaust from the paint booths into the facility. Recommendations for redesign of exhaust stacks and use of stack heads instead of weather caps are provided.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Industrial-exposures; Solvents; Spray-painting; Engine-rooms; Industrial-ventilation; HETA-82-54-1194; Region-5; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 7 pages, 3 references